Posts in the category: Fruit Dessert

Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie with Chevron Crust

Strawberry Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Pie Recipe // Dula Notes

This pie was a little miracle that happened while we were visiting the west side of Michigan recently. My sister-in-law and I made plans to walk to the farmers market and do a little browsing and buying without anything particular in mind. The Holland farmers market has a great selection of produce and flowers, so it doesn’t even make sense to have much of a plan. The peonies were clearly the star of the market and Bethany chose a bouquet of deep fuchsia peonies to take home. Aren’t these succulents great? They were planted in cement containers and I just… Continue reading

Rhubarb Buttermilk Bread

Rhubarb Buttermilk Bread Recipe // Dula Notes

When you’re running or walking for exercise, do you give a smile and wave to passing people? I try to. I grew up in a very friendly community where everyone smiles. Even the people that have run so hard it looks like they might collapse muster a smile. During one of my parents’ visits, my Dad and I took a bike ride and he noticed that not many people acknowledged us on the trail. I had noticed a little, but his comment prompted me to pay a little bit more attention after that. Gathering research for my own amusement, let’s… Continue reading

Blood Orange and Vanilla Waffle Donuts

Blood Orange and Vanilla Waffle Donuts // Dula Notes

It’s just the best coincidence that blood oranges are in season during Valentine’s Day so I can make things pink. One year I made Blood Orange Heart Scones and those are pretty great, but these waffle donuts are my favorite thing right now. They come together quickly and the recipe makes a small batch of 5 to keep your waffle donut crush in check. I wanted to make another batch as soon as I had my last bite, though. Aren’t blood oranges the dreamiest? Sigh. I should have a poster-sized picture of them above my bed. Isn’t everything better in waffle… Continue reading

German Christmas Stollen 2013

German Christmas Stollen 2013 Recipe // Dula Notes

It’s stollen time, again. My Oma made it every year before she passed away and a few years ago, I decided to bring the tradition back to our family. My Oma didn’t have a recipe written down, so I did a lot of research looking at different “old school” German recipes and included the flavors my mom and I prefer, rum and almond. I also didn’t want any artificial ingredients like technicolor cherries. I use a combination of my favorite dried fruits: Thompson raisins, dried apricots, dried cherries and dried currants along with toasted slivered almonds. The dough is barely… Continue reading

Old-Fashioned Apple Pie with a Lattice Double Crust

Are you ready for some serious photos of apple pie? My sister-in-law Meg is a major pie-lover and wanted me to show her how to make a pie. One Saturday she came over for a pie-a-thon while the boys did something boyish. We ended up with three apple pies, one for Meg, one for me and one for friends that had kindly given us apples from their apple tree. Our Saturday started with gray skies and a mist of rain. We stopped at the farmers market with the hoods on our coats up, looking for Michigan honey crisp apples and… Continue reading

Plum Raspberry Crumble

Plum Raspberry Crumble // Dula Notes

I’ve been thinking about curiosity lately. I think of myself as a curious person and in this age of information at the click of a button, I can’t help but wander down many paths as one question leads to another. Last night, I listened to Neil Degrasse Tyson’s podcast, Star Talk, and Joe Rogan was the guest. Yes, that Joe Rogan. The actor, stand-up comedian and once host of Fear Factor. I thought that he seemed like a strange choice for a guest on a podcast about space hosted by an astrophysicist. Turns out that Joe Rogan is a renaissance… Continue reading

Vegan Blueberry Lime Sherbet Popsicles

Like many of the bloggers that participated in popsicle week, I just couldn’t stop at one flavor. As I waited for my first pops to freeze, I was already thinking about the next kind I wanted to make. This variety is refreshing and the combination of blueberry, lime and a hint of vanilla is really, really good. I didn’t blend the mixture too much because I love that these pops have blueberry freckles. They’re really a breeze to make, too. I’m already planning on serving these (unless another popsicle recipe turns my head) at a barbecue I’m planning for when… Continue reading

Creamy Vegan Neapolitan Popsicles

Creamy Vegan Neopolitan Popsicles // Dula Notes

Get excited! It’s POPSICLE WEEK. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, Billy is an evil genius and soon will be your BFF. He’s brought together 26 food bloggers to make popsicles this week and you better believe it’s going to be good. To be honest, I almost didn’t join the party. These are my very first pops and I’m in a group of esteemed popsicle makers like Cindy, Megan, Billy and Tracy. Then I realized I needed a reason to buy the popsicle mold that all of the cool kids have. I knew I wanted my first pops to have layers because… Continue reading

Brandied Sour Cherries

Brandied Sour Cherries Recipe // Dula Notes

I can’t be the only person that has fallen in love with tart cherries and then scrambled to use what I greedily hoarded, right? I wanted to have enough to make whatever I wanted, but the reality was that I had a sea of bright red cherries that filled my largest colander. As you know, I started with Mini Sour Cherry Hand Pies, which might be the tastiest recipe I’ve made this year, but I still had a pound and half of pitted sour cherries left. I put them in a plastic freezer bag with the intent to freeze and then I thought… Continue reading

Grilled Peaches with Sea Salt Bourbon Caramel

Grilled Peaches with Sea Salt Bourbon Caramel

  I’m back from a fantastic weekend celebrating the upcoming marriage of one of the best gals I know. I’m a bit sore, sleep-deprived and my voice is at half-capacity, but it was all worth it. We spent 3 amazing days on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan surrounded by gorgeous views of Lake Huron with perfect weather. I hope to get together a post of my favorite pictures, but if you can’t wait another minute, head over to my Instagram page for a preview. Now let’s talk about this perfect summer dessert. I love a drippy ripe peach all on… Continue reading